Friday, September 15, 2017

Blue Skies Return


“Blue Skies Return”      Pastel        9.5” x 11.5”       $100    © Sharon Lewis
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            The blue skies have returned and the sun is slowly drying up the muddy, saturated ground. There are signs everywhere that strong tropical storm winds moved through here and left the trees with some drastic haircuts. Family members, friends, and neighbors are reaching out to check on one another. Those who lost little are reaching out to share with those who lost so much. It’s a good time to remember our shared humanity and to be grateful for kindness and generosity.
            Wishing you a Happy Weekend!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Return of Blue Skies


“Return of Blue Skies”              Pastel             5” x 7”       $50    © Sharon Lewis
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            For all of my family and friends in the path of Hurricane Irma, my thoughts are with you and here’s hoping that blue skies return soon.


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Fading Light


“Fading Light”           Pastel             7.5” x 9.5”       $70    © Sharon Lewis
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We had the ideal view for someone who loves to paint rocks and water as much as I do. As the sun approached the horizon, it bathed these huge rocks in a warm orange glow, especially the one closer to us. The sea gulls were gathering as if for a huge sunset party along this small stream.
            Happy Weekend!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stream Melodies


“Stream Melodies”           Pastel             5” x 7”       $50    © Sharon Lewis
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            It was my idea of a perfect vacation day. It was sunny and cool in Glen Coe in the Scottish Highlands and we were hiking far away from people and traffic noise. We were surrounded by beautiful, soft green hills and mountains and I could hear the sound of running water somewhere. I think each stream has a different sound, a song or melody, depending on its size and maybe what the water travels over or around. This stream, on this day, sounded beautifully inviting and so I followed its melody down to the stream bed and there, perched on rocks in the middle, took multiple photos to use for this painting.
            Happy Weekend!

Friday, August 18, 2017

View from Raasay


“View from Raasay”            Pastel                5” x 7”            $50         © Sharon Lewis
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            We found the Isle of Raasay by accident when we couldn’t find a vacancy on the Isle of Skye, one of our favorite areas in Scotland.  The Isle of Raasay is one of the islands making up the Inner Hebrides, and is smaller than Skye. Raasay is also more quiet, less touristy, but I think just as beautiful. It ended up being a very lucky find for us.
            The view that I painted is across the Sound of Raasay looking at the east coast of Skye.
            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Best View


“The Best View”             Pastel             5” x 7”               $50          © Sharon Lewis
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            When I saw the location of this house, all I could think is what an amazing view they must have every day. Whoever lives here not only has a fantastic view of the water but also magnificent hills, distant mountains, and that gorgeous sky!
            Happy Almost Weekend!

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Light in the Trees


“The Light in the Trees”   Pastel     2.5” x 3.5”     $20   © Sharon Lewis
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            We were so lucky to find an amazing hotel (The Torridon) in the northern highlands of Scotland with incredible views of mountains and water. I was struggling with trying to capture the beautiful mountains behind this tree but my attention kept wandering back to the sun starting to increasingly set this tree ablaze with light. I finally decided to do a quick painting of this gorgeous tree that just glowed as the sun went down.
            Happy Weekend!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Misty Mountains

“Misty Mountains”       Pastel           5” x 7”       $50    © Sharon Lewis
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            It looks like we’ll be seeing a lot of scenes like this as we travel. All the moisture in the air makes the outlines of the mountains and hills a little blurry. The forecast is alternating between light rain and showers. I don’t see much difference between these forecasts when it comes to hiking except how rapidly we’ll get wet. Oh well, it’s good that I brought rain gear. And I always remind myself there’s a reason it’s so green everywhere.
            Happy Weekend!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Mist Over the Hills


“Mist Over the Hills”            Pastel             5” x 7”       $50       © Sharon Lewis
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            We’re going to be traveling to Scotland soon so I’ve been practicing painting scenes from this beautiful country to make sure that I’m bringing the right pastel colors with me. I’ve been reminded that it seems there’s every shade of green in the landscape as well as many, many greys with the frequent mists and rain. Although I won’t have that much time to paint, I’m really looking forward to painting on location for even a small painting brings back so many more memories than photographs do.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Perfect Summer Day

“A Perfect Summer Day”              Pastel               12" x 16"              $200           ©Sharon Lewis
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            It really was a perfect summer day. The sun was shining, there were cool breezes, and we had this magnificent view. Who could ask for anything more?
             Happy Almost Weekend!

Friday, July 7, 2017

After the Hurricane

"After the Hurricane"                         Pastel                          11" x 11"                            $135                    ©Sharon Lewis
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             We set off for an island hoping the hurricane would miss us as predicted. It certainly wasn’t the smartest move we’ve ever made but it worked out fine. We had beautiful weather, a wonderful time, and spectacular waves to watch for a day or two.
            Happy Weekend!



Friday, June 30, 2017

Sun-lit

"Sun-lit"                  Pastel                                                                              5" x 7"         $50       © Sharon Lewis
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Every once and a while when you’re painting outside, you get really lucky and for a very brief moment, the sun lights up the clouds and they just glow with beautiful colors. I painted this as quickly as I could during one of those lucky moments.
Hope you see some beautiful colors this holiday weekend!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Waves


"Waves"                     Pastel                 5" x 7"                   $50                       © Sharon Lewis
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    I've been trying to capture waves painting plein air which isn't easy. I have a new appreciation for the different forms that waves take. Today's attempt was painted from the edge of a cliff trying to keep my easel (weighted down by rocks) from blowing over in the strong wind. I love painting the ocean!
         









Thursday, June 15, 2017

Translucence


“Translucence”            Pastel                9” x 12”              $100             © Sharon Lewis
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            I’m back from an amazing international art conference in Albuquerque (IAPS). For 5 wonderful days, I was surrounded by hundreds of very talented, generous, and fun artists. I was in heaven! I took classes with artists, Doug Dawson, Alan Flattman, Nancie King Mertz, and Kathleen Newman. I learned something new from each one. I was also fortunate to be able to take a workshop from the very talented artist and excellent teacher, Jeanne Rosier Smith. Jeanne imbues her paintings of waves with drama, light, and color. They’re absolutely beautiful! Her workshop was full of useful tips and I’m impressed with how kind and patient she was with everyone in our workshop. The painting above is the one I painted in her workshop.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Restless as a Young Heart


“Reckless as a Young Heart”      Pastel      5” x 7”     $50     © Sharon Lewis
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            I’ve been painting waves in anticipation of my upcoming workshop and it’s been so interesting to study all the variations in light and color that you can see in water as it rises in waves. I’ve also re-discovered some amazing poetry about the sea which is where I turn when I can’t think of an interesting title. This particular title comes from a wonderful poem by Carl Sandburg.  He wrote: “The sea is never still. It pounds on the shore, restless as a young heart, hunting.” See “Young Sea” for the full version of the poem.


Thursday, June 1, 2017

Song of Summer


“Song of Summer”           Oil            9” x 12”        $130         © Sharon Lewis
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To me the song of summer is not just the sounds of the birds singing outside my window, (though I love that sound) it is the sounds I don’t hear…like alarms going off to wake me up, the angry horns on traffic-congested roads, or anxious voices looking for solace or reassurance. I’m so looking forward to the time to savor the simplicity of a beautiful sky, majestic mountains, and cold, clear blue water.
Hoping you hear the song of summer soon.


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

New England Refuge

“New England Refuge”        Pastel          10” x 10”          $125           © Sharon Lewis
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            It’s been raining here almost nonstop for days and so it was a relief to focus on a painting of a perfect sunny, summer day spent up north. We had gotten a little warm while we were hiking when we luckily discovered this perfect stream hidden in the woods. We soon were wading in and cooling off in an idyllic, restful spot. The only sounds heard were that of the birds in the trees up above and the water running over the rocks, in my mind, the perfect refuge.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Bit of Fun

“A Bit of Fun”           Oil               6” x 6”             $75               ©Sharon Lewis
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            For some reason, I got it into my head that I wanted to paint Gumby and Pokey, something from my childhood, long, long ago. It’s been fun and funny to paint a subject like this that symbolizes the imagination and innocence of children; a time when anything was possible and the good creatures always won. I’ve found myself laughing as I painted these two figures and am already planning future paintings as I am now the proud owner of a whole clan of Gumbys! Stay tuned for more in the Gumby, Pokey series.
            Hope you find an opportunity for imagination and laughter this weekend!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Beach Study #2


"Beach Study #2"    Pastel      2.5” x 3.5”    $20  © Sharon Lewis
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I’m on my way to see my “baby” daughter graduate from Northwestern University Law School and I’m so proud of her! I’m also so excited because I will see both of my children on Mother’s Day for the first time in years!
I’m wishing all the mothers that I know, a restful, relaxing weekend and a very Happy Mother’s Day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Storm Clouds Gathering


“Storm Clouds Gathering”           Pastel           12” x 16”          $200            © Sharon Lewis
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            Little did I know when I selected this painting to post this week, that it would be storming today in Georgia. This painting is of a place I love visiting each year called Bailey Island, ME. I can stand in the back yard there and paint quick studies of cloud formations that gather and then dissipate. Can’t wait to visit and paint there again!
            Hoping you enjoy beautiful weather and a Happy Weekend!

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Going Crackers


“Going Crackers”        Oil            10” x 8”           $100           © Sharon Lewis
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            What a perfect phrase to describe the end of the academic year for both faculty and students! Apparently, it’s British slang for going insane. Hmmmm…..after grading for hours I believe it’s an apt description of me. And I have the perfect painting to go along with the feeling!
            If something or someone is driving you crackers, hang in there. The weekend is coming and hopefully also some rest and relaxation.
            Happy Weekend!